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WIP-Building a 1966 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon. Foil work done. ALL DONE !.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:06 PM

Big SmileHey guys

Thank you for your bringing this old thread back and for your kind words

Much appreciatedThumbs Up.

Dave

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Monday, November 18, 2019 2:58 PM

That turned out so well.

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Posted by 32bowtie on Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:17 PM

Looks great!

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Posted by maniacalmodeler on Sunday, September 8, 2019 11:30 AM

Once again, an amazing build! Glad to see another WIP from you, I always get to learn something new!

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, August 31, 2019 7:03 PM

Beautiful, Dave! Thanks for another great WIP to follow. Your variety of subjects is an endless source of information and inspiration. Looking forward to the next one, as always! Dinner  Be well, my friend!  Geeked

chucky

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 30, 2019 10:21 PM

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, August 2, 2019 9:58 PM

mmthrax

Outstanding work Dave.  Inspiring as usual.

I love wagons.  You are knocking this one out of the park.

 

Thank you mmthrax - Very much appreciated Thumbs Up Smile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:17 PM

Outstanding work Dave.  Inspiring as usual.

I love wagons.  You are knocking this one out of the park.

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, August 1, 2019 5:03 PM

Well, there ended up being 10 pieces of glass, and there in. The interior is done too and that's installed.

The interior color is a custom mix called "Buckskin" and it not only gives contrast, but it let's the precise window and roof treatment be seen clearly, and makes the car "POP" a little with the colors I chose. To me it looked a little drab until the interior was installed.

I used an interior and chassis from a 1965 Chevelle wagon and it was almost perfect. Both just needed a bit of trimming and tweaking, and then they slipped right in.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:14 AM

justmike

Beautiful!  You must have gone very gently along the vista roof when burnishing the foil.  Ita a cool wagon.

 

Thank you for your comment Mike.

Your right. Those thin area's between the windows are pretty "Spindly", so being extra careful made a big difference. I didn't break anything Thumbs UpSmile.

Doing conversions has been a lot of fun over the years, but I have discovered that just upgrading old kits with engines and chassis where there was none can be a lot of fun too, so I think for the time being this will be my last new conversion.

I have several rare old Johan and AMT kits as well as some rare resin kits that have my full attention and will bring many hours of pleasure in the future.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, July 26, 2019 8:16 PM

Beautiful!  You must have gone very gently along the vista roof when burnishing the foil.  Ita a cool wagon.

Feelings are like scents: The more they are analyzed, the worse they smell.
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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, July 22, 2019 5:21 PM

Well all the glass in the roof fit perfect Thumbs Up.

I built the roof first and then went looking for clear packaging containers that all our things are packaged in and hung on a hanger in the isle.

What I eventually chose worked perfectly. When you take a chance like that and it works so nicely you get a bit of a "Rush" Thumbs Up.

I like the reflections that tell the story....YAAAASmile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:43 AM

Well, I'm a little over half done Tongue Tied. This has turned out to be quite a challange making everything connect properly and getting so much foil down.

I didn't think about what it would be like doing all this foil when I was building it.

Anyway a few new pics. I may start the glass after the foil on the other side is done in about a month Wink..LOL!

I am so slow sometimes Geeked.

These are the wheels and tires I'll probably use.

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by chucky on Saturday, July 6, 2019 2:49 PM

I hear you, Dave. Now that I have grandkids the time for model building has diminished somewhat but I love the tradeoff! Summer time has a lot going on and I've scaled back my model building to only slightly-modified builds and have put the complex builds off until winter. I always enjoy your creative builds and look forward to each installation, regardless of the "intervals". Enjoy your summer!  Cool

chucky

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:05 AM

ChuckySmile

Good to hear from youThumbs Up.

Summer is keeping me busy with outdoor family activities and friends so not as much time for model building right now.

We Oregonians love the sun as we don't always see it that much the rest of the year so summer is a time to get out and play.

I hope everyones summer here on the forum is going well.Yes

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by chucky on Friday, July 5, 2019 5:24 PM

More good-looking wagons in the pipeline! I know I love wagons and probably a lot of others our age do, too. Nearly every family had at least one when we were kids. Stock, custom, drag or other, there are so many routes to take with the wagons. Looking forward to seeing them come along, too! 

chucky

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, July 5, 2019 12:24 AM

Thanks much guys Thumbs Up.

Many of you love wagons like I do and know that at times there is nothing like buildin' a cool wagon. Right now I'm really in a wagon mood, so I'll share with you a couple others waitin' for more love. A little touch up here and there and their ready for paint....can't wait.

No resin here...both are plastic...too much fun!

1963 Chrysler 300 wagon PHANTOM 2 door with a '60 Plymouth roof.

 

All the resin Safari's I've seen are '55 so I did a '56 converted from a plastic Excel body from Ebay and a roof from a plastic '55 Nomad.

Some day girls you'll get more love Big Smile.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, July 4, 2019 11:12 AM

Dear Dir;

 This is to inform you that due to the rather large holes in the roof ,you willl get wet in the rain!. Looked at all the pics and that looks darned good to me .I was beginning to wonder if anyone had the guts to do this to an Olds. Especially given how hard the base vehicle can be to find.Well Done and the lines look spot on from whay you've shown us . OCG

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Posted by nick63 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:16 PM

Fabulous work. Thank you for sharing.

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Posted by 32bowtie on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 4:25 PM

Stunningly beautiful! You are the master plastic surgeon sir! I admire your work!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:17 AM

mmthrax

Yes sir.  That's the ticket.

Outstanding work.

Inspirational as always. Yes

 

Thank you MMTHRAX Thumbs Up.

It's a fun project and I'm really enjoying it. No glitches so far. It's been pretty straight forward. The foiling just takes time, and there's a lot more to do!! 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:20 AM

Yes sir.  That's the ticket.

Outstanding work.

Inspirational as always. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, June 23, 2019 11:18 AM

I think I found a new image hosting account.

I'm in the middle of adding foil, so it's not done yet Big Smile.

YAAAA - It posted.

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by justmike on Friday, June 21, 2019 11:07 AM

I can see why you needed the bracing. That looks delicate

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:35 PM

Sorry - no pics.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:44 PM

Go for it Dave.  I'm front row.  Love your builds.

 

Just keep picking away at it...

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, May 31, 2019 10:58 AM

Dale Gribble

Please tell me you’re gonna cast this .....

 

Hi daleSmile

I've had that request on several other projects over the years and I do appreciate it, but I just do these for my own enjoyment and share them so guy's get an ides how to build at this level cutting things up and creating a new vehicle.

I do thank you for the offer Thumbs Up.

 

These may be the last pics that I post for awhile. 

My photo hosting account is due to end that I pay for, so I'll be looking for a free account. Tired of paying.

Enjoy the pics andI'll see you all when things get settled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Dale Gribble on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:43 AM

Please tell me you’re gonna cast this ..... 

 

 

 

 

 

or send it to me to cast

your friendly neighborhood spam eliminator... 

build it, dont let it sit on the shelf.....rareity is for sissies ! 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 10:28 AM

I made a little progress here so I thought I'd share a few more pics. I've got the body work started with some filler to reform the body into a correct wagon style with the proper proportions and shape.

And here the roof has been added to make it the beginngs of a wagon.

More to come in a few days.

Thanks for checkin' in Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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